Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mahwah Adopts $38.4M Budget

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mahwah Adopts $38.4M Budget

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Mahwah -- The Township Council has adopted a $38.4 million 2016 municipal budget that calls for a 1 percent increase in taxes for the average household.

Municipal taxes on that average home, assessed at $473,000, will increase $18.94 a year.

Mayor William Laforet handed the governing body a "tight" budget, made even tighter after more than 100 hours of review by the governing body and each department head, said Council President John Roth. Council members cut $200,000 from the original spending plan and reduced the initial 1.8 percent tax increase.

"At the end of the day, the real winners here are the taxpayers, because the increase here is 1 percent," Roth said. "I think that's going to be a pretty outstanding increase in terms of any other municipality in Bergen County."

The budget was adopted April 28.

Spending cuts are offsetting the cost of additional purchases, including three vehicles for the Police Department, as well as a new ambulance. …

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